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U.S., Israel Air and Missile Strikes Hit Four Different Places in Southwest Asia

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The last 24 hours have seen air and/or missile strikes in four different locations in Southwest Asia.

• Yemen—U.S. Central Command today reported the seventh U.S. strike on Yemen, less than 24 hours after reporting its sixth strike yesterday. According to Centcom’s statements, both strikes were aimed at missiles that Houthi militants were preparing to launch towards the Red Sea. One focus of the U.S. bombing is near the port of Hodeidah.

• Syria—An air strike attributed to Israel hit the Mazzah neighborhood in Damascus, early today. According to a Syrian military statement, a number of civilians were killed in the strike, while Iranian news reports stated that four members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed, including the IRGC’s head of intelligence in Syria, alongside “a number” of civilians.

• Gaza—The Palestinian Health Ministry reported today that 165 Palestinians were killed and another 280 wounded by Israeli air strikes and artillery shelling in Gaza. “Many people are still trapped under rubble and on the roads as rescuers are unable to reach them,” the statement said.

Israeli forces blew up multiple homes in the town of Al-Qarara, northeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, killing several people and injuring others, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported on Jan. 20. Moreover, Israeli warplanes launched intense airstrikes targeting the areas of Bani Suhaila, Al-Zana, Abasan, and Batn Al-Sameen, east and south of Khan Younis. Israeli fighter jets also shelled, with many missiles, the town of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

• Lebanon—Reuters, citing Lebanese security sources, reports that an Israeli strike killed two Hamas members in Lebanon as they were traveling in a car. Israeli strikes in Lebanon have reportedly killed 225 people, among them 159 members of Hezbollah, while the remainder have been civilians.